How many Dublin Bus users will be affected by the strike for the All-Ireland replay?

October 1st is due to coincide with industrial action

BY Raf Diallo 17:32 Monday 19 September 2016, 17:32 19 Sep 2016

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With Dublin and Mayo unable to get the better of each other at Croke Park on Sunday, the All-Ireland football final is going to a replay.

And the date has been set for Saturday, October 1st at GAA HQ.

However, the replay coincides with Dublin Bus strike actionas October 1st is one of the days earmarked.

Regarding the clash of dates, Dermot O'Leary of the National Bus and Railworkers' Union (NBRU) told Newstalk Breakfast that "as important as [the All-Ireland replay] is - and we all love our sport in this country - that's secondary when it comes to resolving this dispute."

In a statement, O'Leary also said: "Asking Bus workers who have already been involved in four days of work stoppages and will in the absence of a resolution, have been involved in two more before the replay to consider a suspension of their 24Hr stoppage just to facilitate a one off occasion is frankly insulting to both staff and their regular commuters."

There are a large number of Dublin Bus routes that service Croke Park and that, as a result, would be affected be the strike for users who are hoping to make their way to the game: 1, 7, 11, 13, 14, 16, 27a, 27b, 29a, 31/a, 31b, 32, 33, 40, 40b, 40d, 41, 41b, 41c, 42, 43, 44, 53, 123, 13.

But how many people would be affected?

According to Dublin Bus, on top of the regular passengers for those routes, they would expect to carry up to 8,000 extra passengers on average on All-Ireland final days.

"Customers travelling to Croke Park on All-Ireland match day would differ greatly from year to year depending on which teams are playing in the final," Dublin Bus told Newstalk.com. "On average we would expect to carry an extra 8,000 customers on an All-Ireland Final day," factoring in the fans who would be travelling from all over the city.

As far as distances around the city are concerned, to put it into context, walking from Tallaght, for example, to Croke Park would take 2 hours 25 minutes, which is almost equivalent of the driving time from Mayo down to Dublin.

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